Symbols

Objective:

  • Using their definition of symbols, students will be divided into groups and create a symbol that represents the diversity in their group.
  • Students will identify familiar symbols and express the meaning of them

Materials:

  • Many pictures of symbols (i.e stop sign, bathroom signs, handicapped parking signs, logos from familiar companies.)
  • Art materials for creating a symbol

Procedures:

  • Display several different representations of symbols.
  • Write symbol on the board and ask the new students what "symbol" means to them.
  • If a common definition is reached, broaden it to include pictures, words, or larger representations that stand for something else.
  • Explain that logos are symbols that companies use. They hope when you see the logo, you'll know immediately what it stands for.
  • Utah also has symbols to represent values and happenings in history that are important to Utah. See what symbols the students already know to assess prior knowledge.
  • Discuss the question "Why do people use symbols of words to create or communicate an idea?
  • Discuss characteristics of a good symbol. Is it simple, immediately recognizable, neat and well drawn?
  • Divide students into groups, they will then decide what symbol will represent their group.
  • For the remainder of the time, the students will cooperatively design and make their symbol.

Assessment:

  • Based on the symbol created by the group, the teacher will assess whether or not the students understood the concept.
  • Does their symbol stand for something?
  • Is it neat?
  • Does it represent the group?
  • Is it immediately recognizable?

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